Fishing Report Lake of the Woods Tourism 6/23/20 and 6/29/20

Fishing report courtesy of Lake of the Woods Tourism emailed to [email protected]

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Fishing Report 6.29.2020

On the south end…  The lake just keeps producing walleyes.  Good fishing in numerous spots across the south shore, near the Lighthouse and Morris Point Gaps in 8-10′ and around Garden Island.  Big numbers of walleyes also staged over deep mud in 25 – 31′.  Most anglers drifting or trolling harnesses (spinners) with crawlers or leeches.  Hammered gold is hard to beat but glow, pink, chartreuse and orange are also popular in the stained water.  Some fish are still being caught jigging on structure or rock to mud transitions.  Anglers catching plenty of eater walleyes along with good numbers of saugers.  Larger slot fish (19.5-28″) along with trophy walleyes over 28″ being caught often.

On the Rainy River…   Sturgeon anglers looking forward to sturgeon fishing reopening on July 1st.  Big numbers of sturgeon await.   No roll sinkers and sturgeon rigs along with crawlers and frozen shiners available locally.  Smallmouth bass in rocky areas, around bridges and current breaks.  Pike are also active cruising weedy bays, bay mouths and current breaks.  Both species don’t get much attention and are present in good numbers.  Walleyes hanging out in 20-25′.

Up at the NW Angle…  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in MN waters.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.

Walleye fishing is worth the trip.  Schools of walleyes on structure, over sand and on mud.  Most fish showing up in 8 – 14′ or 26 – 28′.  The best presentation is drifting and trolling spinners with crawlers or a minnow.  Pike and smallmouth bass active in weedy bays.  There are hundreds around the Angle.  Try a spinnerbait or spoon.

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FISHING REPORT 6.23.2020

On the south end…  A big week of walleyes on LOW.  Fish being caught around the lake.  A lot of fish on the south shore right now near the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island.  Get out a few miles and watch electronics.  Lots of fish from 5′ – 32′ of water.  Walleyes have the feedbag on.  Morris Point Gap, Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point anglers all reporting good catches.  Two main techniques, drifting with a snelled spinner with a crawler or leech and jigging with a frozen shiner or fathead are go to.  Gold / pink  / glow red / glow white all working well.  Anglers catching plenty of eaters with larger slots and trophy walleyes.  Pike and some jumbo perch in the mix as well.

On the Rainy River…   Smallmouth bass bite good in rocky areas, around bridges and current breaks.   Pike are also active cruising in bays, bay mouths and current breaks.  Walleyes hanging out in 15-25′ and being caught with a jig and minnow or trolling crankbaits.  Sturgeon anglers looking forward to sturgeon fishing reopening on July 1st.  A great population of sturgeon in the river.

Up at the NW Angle…  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in MN waters.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.

Good walleye fishing again this week.  Some walleyes shallow in 4-10′ around sandy and rocky areas being caught with spinners / crawlers and crankbaits.  Other schools of walleyes hanging out deeper adjacent to shoreline breaks and reefs.  Pike, jumbo perch and smallmouth bass showing up as well

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